Gary's Story

EAST SANDWICH - Gary Douglas White, 51 of East Sandwich Ma. passed away on June 27th, 2015, while in Costa Rica with his family. He was born in Bangor, Maine on December 29th, 1963 and grew up in Argyle and Old Town. Gary remembered his time in Maine fondly and shared many wonderful memories with his family.

Gary attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he met his wife Andrea and many lifelong friends. Gary's spirit lives on as a cherished husband to Andrea and a much loved and devoted father to Sam and Maddie.

Gary leaves his father Howard White; brothers and sisters, Brent, Jeff, Cheryl, Lisa and Glenn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves his father-in-law Richard Sutton, brothers-in-law Adam and Peter Sutton, and sister-in-law Clare Sutton.

The family finds peace in knowing that Gary now joins his mother Madeline White, Grandmother Marion Hatch and mother-in-law Barbara Sutton.

Gary worked in the car business for many years and was currently employed by Audi Cape Cod of Hyannis. He truly enjoyed working with and getting to know his co-workers and customers.

Gary had many interests in his life and took on many roles. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, coach, coworker, teammate, cyclist and runner. Gary lived his life with passion and grace which was so evident by all who knew him. He also had a quick wit and dry sense of humor that will be remembered fondly. Spending time with family and friends meant everything to him. He especially enjoyed bonfires on the beach, hiking in Maine and New Hampshire with his family, playing ultimate Frisbee every Wednesday, running Sunday mornings with Chris, listening to the music he loved and following the sports teams he was passionate about.

Several years ago, Gary read a book called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. This is what influenced his love of not just running, but running barefoot. It changed his life in a very profound way.

Gary loved taking on a challenge whether he was repairing a clock, coaching his kids basketball teams, or running in the many marathons he participated in. But it was the "simple things" in life that gave him great joy such as sharing a cup of cappuccino with his wife, helping the kids with their homework, or taking their dog Missy for a walk.

Gary was a beautiful man and a great mentor. To honor Gary, the family hopes that all who knew him will take the time to remember how precious life is, to be kind to one another, and to enjoy and appreciate the quiet, simple moments shared with the ones we love.

A special heartfelt thank-you to Ward Sutton and Sue Unkenholz of Costa Rica and New York city for just "being there" in every sense of the word.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held on Thursday, July 16th at 2 PM at the West Parish Church, 2049 Meeting House Way, West Barnstable, Ma. A reception will follow at Sandwich Hollows Golf Club, 1 Round Hill Road, East Sandwich, Ma.
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